Joe Cook has achieved a rare feat: combining his two favourite things into a career. “I’ve always loved both science and the outdoors,” he says.
“Eventually I decided the area of study I enjoyed the most was learning about the biophysical processes that shape our world. At the same time, I loved being out in the hills hiking and wanted to understand the landscape I was in.” This quest led Joe, 31, to become a glacial microbiologist at the University of Sheffield. “I’ve been trying to diversify and find a way for me to have impact in the field and contribute to the global problem of climate change, but also have something that’s more personally satisfying,” he says. “For me, that came by giving up a permanent, full-time job and taking something that’s more like a diversified portfolio career. It’s less stable and secure, but for me it’s much more satisfying.”